Holistic self-care with TBRI

Holistic self-care with TBRI

Parenting can be stressful. Add in the complexities of trauma and one cannot be compassionate for others if they don’t take care of themselves. Let’s dive in and see what Sheila Wagler-Mills, TBRI Practitioner, had to say about holistic self-care.

Parenting with TBRI

Parenting with TBRI

Enjoy this interview-style blog post with Sheila Wagler-Mills, LPCC-S, Regional Program Director for Encompass, TBRI Practitioner and a foster-and-adoptive mom. We asked her a series of questions about parenting with TBRI principles.

Respite services

Respite services

Encompass is pleased to offer a new respite care program that provides therapeutic relief and time-limited breaks to families and other caregivers in partnership with Encourage Foster Care.

A cup of cool water

A cup of cool water

There are often times we wish we could fix the problems of a friend or the pain of a loved one. We want to see our family member happy. How to help in the best way can take reflection and discernment.

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is just as much of a priority as physical health. The two are equally important to living well. And while we acknowledge May as Mental Health Month, we know the work is one day at a time all year round.

Burn bright not out

Burn bright not out

Join us in celebrating Counseling Awareness Month and the counseling professionals across our family of ministries. We are grateful that our colleagues have chosen a career in empowering others.

Linger in the psalms

Linger in the psalms

The Psalms are a good place to linger if you are in the middle of a tough season. If you are in the middle of anxiety, grief or conflict, the songs and poetry will give you hope and strength.

Flourishing

Flourishing

We are pleased to share that CCHO and our family of ministries, including Encompass Christian Counseling and Encourage Foster Care, has received the designation of for the fifth year in a row!

You feel like you’ve hit your pandemic wall

You feel like you’ve hit your pandemic wall

This is a common feeling as the one-year anniversary of the shutdown approaches. We’ve been living in a sustained period of stress and often operating in a crisis response. Being resilient takes effort and energy. If you’re feeling discouraged, you are not alone.

30-Year Pleggacy

30-Year Pleggacy

Carla and John Plegge are celebrating 30 years of service to CCHO and our family of ministries. This milestone, affectionately known as the Pleggacy, includes bringing equine therapy to the residential campus and then to the general public at One Heart Stables.

A love we can’t lose

A love we can’t lose

Here we stand at the start of a new year, with a blank canvas before us. As on organization, that time will be filled by helping others experience their true worth that’s found in Christ. Today’s blog post will simply point to what that worth looks like.

Social Worker of the Year

Social Worker of the Year

Today we celebrate Encompass Regional Director Lisa Haberbusch, MSW, LISW-S for being recognized as Social Worker of the Year for the Mansfield to Canton service region. We are grateful for her leadership as well as heart for others.

Control or connection

Control or connection

Today on the blog, Encompass Equine Therapist Melissa McMullen, LSW, highlights an important concept that many of us need to be reminded of. May you find the strength to choose connection over control.

A better morning

A better morning

How we start the day can determine how the day will go. Your first actions—even before getting out of bed—can help set the tone for your emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.

Expanding office space to serve more clients

Expanding office space to serve more clients

Encompass Christian Counseling opened a new office in Green this past spring. Expanding to the larger office suite allows us our clinical team to grow as we care for the mental health needs in Summit and Stark County communities.

Psychiatric care complements counseling and case management

Psychiatric care complements counseling and case management

In addition to counseling and case management services, Encompass also includes outpatient psychiatric care as part of our service array. These services are available through our clinical partners at Christian Children’s Home of Ohio so that your mental health care is streamlined and connected.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

As we acknowledge September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Encompass Therapist Jordan Kamwesa, LPC shares her thoughts on the importance of supportive communities and creating spaces where hope and belonging can flourish.

Case management adds a layer of support

Case management adds a layer of support

Encompass offers case management services in addition to traditional counseling because we desire to see each person succeed in their environment. This added layer of support helps make lasting change for the whole family, including foster families.

You are worthy

You are worthy

You are worthy. Your kids are worthy. Your family is worthy. You have a voice. You are not alone. Let’s find solutions toghether.

Engaging local students

Engaging local students

School’s out for the summer, but our school-based clinical team is using this time to engage local students in social, educational and team-building activities.

Making your family’s back-to-school decision

Making your family’s back-to-school decision

Back-to-school is a frequent topic of conversation for parents, educators and community leaders. In person or virtual? With or without masks? How to keep everyone safe? How to provide the best learning opportunities? These decisions may be causing stress for parents,...

Racial competency resources

Racial competency resources

As we seek to foster empathy for others, it is helpful to understand their background and experiences. We invite you to keep listening and learning with a humble, teachable heart as you grow in your knowledge of black culture, history and trauma.

Teaching kids their worth

Teaching kids their worth

We can affirm children’s messages of value and worth through words and pictures. Here are two recommended children’s books that caregivers can read with their kids about their unique and wonderful qualities.

Building connection after trauma

Building connection after trauma

Childhood trauma often affects an individual’s attachment style. Attachment theory has been used for many years to help build connection in families who have found each other through foster care and adoption.

Self-perception exercise

Self-perception exercise

Today’s mental health minute is a getting-to-know-you exercise. All you need is a piece of blank paper (standard copy paper or notebook paper will do) and something to draw with (crayon, pen, marker, etc.).

Shifting your mindset

Shifting your mindset

Today’s blog post comes from Encompass Therapist Jordan Kamwesa, LPC. Her words acknowledge the tough reality that we are all being stretched with due to the health crisis. Juggling family, school, jobs and the unknown creates stress and tension. She invites us to shift into a growth mindset to help us persevere and love our families a little better each day.

Helping kids win over anxiety

Helping kids win over anxiety

Anxiety is not a fun feeling, but we can learn how to manage it. Lisa Haberbusch, LISW-S, Director of Encompass Central has helped many kids understand and manage this mental health challenge. She recommends “Hey Warrior”–a book for children (ages 5-12+) about overcoming fears and anxiety.

The local church responds and restores

The local church responds and restores

As we acknowledge Mental Health Month in May, we celebrate the ministry local churches providing leadership and compassion for the mental health needs of individuals and families in their communities.

Connecting before correcting

Connecting before correcting

Molly Woods, LSW, a school-based Encompass therapist, recommends “The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family” by Dr. Karyn Purvis who is one of the masterminds behind Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). Dr. Purvis was a child development expert and passionate advocate for vulnerable children. She passed away in 2016. Her life and legacy live on through TBRI and books like this one.

Soup for the grieving soul

Soup for the grieving soul

Talking about emotions doesn’t come naturally to everyone. We don’t always have the vocabulary to name or describe our feelings. Sometimes emotions are strong, overwhelming or just plain hard. Having a tool such as a book or a story can be a helpful way to start a conversation.

Curious about faith

Curious about faith

We are all at different places in our faith journey. There are times when we have no doubts and times when we question much. If you are currently in a season of struggling with faith, we appreciate your honesty and encourage you to keep pursuing truth.

“A Little Scribble Spot” read-aloud

“A Little Scribble Spot” read-aloud

“A Little Scribble Spot” uses simple, effective and creative ways to educate its readers by highlighting emotions with descriptive language and colorful illustrations. It uses these tools to demonstrate how experiencing different emotions at the same time is common and okay as long as they do not overwhelm us.

Daily pause

Daily pause

Meditation, or turning your full attention to God, can be an especially helpful friend right now. Starting a new habit isn’t always easy, but here’s a free Christian app that will walk you through a reset process that’s focused on God’s goodness and care.

Food resources

Food resources

Taking care of your mental and physical health can feel like a huge task with obstacles along the way. We want to support you and connect you to local resources. Here are a variety of organizations helping to ensure that families have access to healthy food.

Gifts abounding

Gifts abounding

We will always have room to learn and grow on our earthly journey. Gaining knowledge from trustworthy sources can help us navigate life, faith, relationships and ourselves better. Everyone has something to glean from this personal memoir by Ann Voskamp.

Five ways to stay connected

Five ways to stay connected

Today’s Mental Health Minute is from Encompass School-Based Therapist Molly Woods. Molly reminds us of the importance of connecting with our family, friends and community. Social connection makes us healthier in many ways. It can lower anxiety and depression, help us regulate our emotions, lead to higher self-esteem and empathy, and actually improve our immune systems.

Counseling Awareness Month

Counseling Awareness Month

Encompass Christian Counseling and our family of ministries is filled with licensed professional counselors who help children and adults achieve their goals through empathy, insight and faith.

Support for mental health caregivers

Support for mental health caregivers

We’ve been asked to keep social/physical distance right now to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In response to this change, many organizations are now offering online resources because they understand that needs continue or even rise during crisis.

Parenting from the heart

Parenting from the heart

Encompass clinicians are hosting a four-week parenting series called Parenting from the Heart on Mondays at Parkview Christian Church in Wooster. Designed for parents with children of all ages, we’ll focus on topics relevant to raising today’s kids.

Tools for today, hope for tomorrow

Tools for today, hope for tomorrow

Today, we are excited to share another success story from our intensive trauma treatment, Thrive Trauma Recovery, part of Encompass Counseling. In story #42, Kristina Fryson (MSW, LSW, CTT) shows the powerful difference that effective trauma treatment can make in someone’s life.

There’s more to life than surviving

There’s more to life than surviving

As an agency committed to being trauma effective, we are happy to share a story today from Lindsay DeHaas, MSW, LSW, one of the therapists from Thrive Trauma Recovery. Story #33 in our 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry series offers hope to those who may otherwise have a hard time finding it.

Getting close enough to listen

Getting close enough to listen

Today, Rebecca Ryder (MA, NCC, LPCC-S), Managing Clinical Supervisor with Encompass Counseling, looks at the transformational role stories have played in her personal and professional life. Entry #22 in our series encourages us all to embrace the privilege of hearing someone else’s story of growth, healing and change.

A new day for Ashley

Today, we’re excited to share Ashley’s video with you as story 17 in our 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry series. It is an honor to walk alongside people like Ashley, who has found health and healing for herself and her family during her time as an Encompass Christian Counseling client.

Josie’s triumph

Story 7 from our series takes us to One Heart Stables on the Wooster Campus of CCHO where Encompass Equine Therapist Krista Overmire, LCPC, engages the help of horses to show clients like Josie their true worth in Christ.

Healing for a kindergartener’s heart

Healing for a kindergartener’s heart

In story 6, school-based Encompass Therapist Abby Fischer, LISW, shares about a young student at Triway Local Schools whose life has been changed by supportive mental health services. Abby’s position of working directly in the school system is far from monotonous. After meeting Joey, she knew she would have unique opportunities to keep her on her toes.